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Blossom Book

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter
This beautiful blossom book was sent to us by Terry Ann Carter who ran the handmade books workshop during Sakura Days.


Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter
Each page is a blossom decorated with a colorful Urban Tea Merchant postcard.


Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter
Each postcard features a haiku by one of the VCBF Haiku Invitational 2012 winners.


Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter
To complete the binding: make two hole punches and insert an elastic grasping the small twig on the other side to hold the book together.


Sakura Days April 7 2013 Haiku at the GlassHouse
This book is a great memento since these were the same blossoms that decorated the glasshouse during Sakura Days. At the end of the event,  Terry Ann asked if she could have some blossoms to make a handmade book. How lovely to see the result. Thanks Terry Ann for this beautiful keepsake.
Haiku Photos

One flower from darkness

The last Autumanalis Rosea at Dr.  Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver

Last week-end, when I visited the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden in Vancouver, there were only a few Autumnalis Rosea left on the tree by the entrance (on the higher branches). This lonely flower reminded my of this haiku:

Late spring,

this cherry blossom tree

one flower from darkness

Glen Fletcher
Maldon, Australia

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2012 (Sakura Award)

This haiku could have many interpretations. You can imagine that evening is falling and only one blossom remains visible in the darkness.  But when I read it, I see a deeper level to it.

“This cherry blossom tree / one flower from darkness” could mean that once the last flower is gone, the tree will fall into darkness (oblivion).  This haiku celebrates the fleeting life of cherry blossoms.

Haiku Photos World Umbrella Dance

Urban Tea Merchant

Urban Tea Merchant window display March 2013

Since there are no blossoms yet at the Burrard skytrain station, you can do your cherry blossom viewing at this beautiful window display at Urban Tea Merchant (1070 West Georgia Street), just a block behind the Burrard station.



Urban Tea Merchant always have nice store displays but this one really won me over with its origami cherry blossoms.

And, since you’re there, you might as well go in!  Here are some things you can do at Urban Tea Merchant:



1) You can buy (or pick up) your pop-art umbrella to participate in the World Umbrella Dance.  (If you paid online, bring your paypal receipt).



2) you can buy or sample cherry blossom tea. White Spring is a white tea with a hint of a cherry blossoms, but my favorite is called Sakura! Sakura! It’s a green tea with cherry blossoms in it. It’s sweet and delicious.


Urban Tea Merchant postcard Sakura Sakura

3) pick up one of their beautiful color postcards featuring their Sakura! Sakura! tea.

On the back of the postcard, there’s a space where you can practice writing your haiku for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational:

Urban Tea Merchant postcard Sakura Sakura

Submit your haiku to the VCBF Haiku invitational before June 3rd.


Haiku Invitational 2013

VCBF Haiku Invitational Winner 2012 - Best BC poem - Marianne Baharustani

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational will be accepting submissions from March 1st to June 3rd 2013.

“Many many things they call to mind these cherry blossoms.” — Basho
What comes to your mind when you think about cherry blossoms?

Send us two haiku starting March 1st!


Want to learn more about haiku?

On April 22nd 2013 at 6:30pm, VCBF is hosting a Haiku Workshop at the Vancouver Public Library (Alice McKay room)  featuring Michael Dylan Welch.


Haiku Invitational

2011 Haiku Invitational
Judge: an’ya


2010 Haiku Invitational
Judge: Michael Dylan Welch


2009 Haiku Invitational
Judge LeRoy Gorman


2008 Haiku Invitational
Judges: Carole MacRury, Michael Dylan Welch, and Edward Zuk


2007 Haiku Invitational

Judges: Carole MacRury, Michael Dylan Welch, and Edward Zuk


2006 Haiku Invitational
Juges: Carole MacRury, Vicki McCullough, Michael Dylan Welch, and Edward Zuk